Twenty-Four things dying people wished they had done differently!

  • I wish I’d had the courage to just be myself.
  • I wish I had spent more time with the people I love.
  • I wish I had made spirituality more of a priority
  • I wish I had discovered my purpose earlier
  • I wish I had learned to express my feelings more.
  • I wish I hadn’t spent so much time worrying about things that never happened.
  • I wish I had taken more risk
  • I wish I had cared less about what other people thought. I wish I had loved more.
  • I wish I had realized earlier that happiness is a choice. I wish I had loved more.
  • I wish I had taken better care of myself.
  • I wish I had been a better spouse.
  • I wish I had paid less attention to other people’s expectations.
  • I wish I had quit my job and found something I really enjoyed doing.
  • I wish I had stayed in touch with old friends
  • I wish I had spoken my mind more.
  • I wish I hadn’t spent so much time chasing the wrong things. 
  • I wish I had touched more lives.
  • I wish I had thought about life’s big questions earlier.
  • I wish I had traveled more.
  • I wish I had lived more in the moment.
  • I wish I had pursued more of my dreams.

It is good and healthy to think about death from time to time. It puts things in perspective and reminds us what really matters. The perspective that death is inevitable reminds us to get busy living.

The reality of death rearranges our priorities. It may sound weird or warped, but think being told by your doctors that you have six months to live is one of life’s ultimate luxuries.